Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

As a consequence of a construction change in Odense Bowling Centre the up-coming summer, after which the number of lanes in the centre will be reduced from 24 to 20, the ETBF Presidium has decided to move the European Women Championships 2018 from Odense in Denmark to Brussels in Belgium.

The championships, which will be hosted by the Belgian Tenpin Bowling Federation, will be held on its original scheduled period 6-17 June in Bowling Stones Wemmel (36 lanes), which also housed the European Men Championships in 2016.

The ETBF Presidium wants to express appreciation to the Belgian Tenpin Bowling Federation for their willingness to step in with a short notice.

The ETBF Presidium has decided that the European Champions Cup 2019 will be hosted in Ankara, Turkey.

The championships will be hosted by the Rollhouse Bowling Centre and the Turkish Bocce, Bowling and Darts Federation on 21-27 October 2019 in Rollhouse Bowling Centre.

The 30th European Youth Championships was conducted in the famous Tali Bowling Centre in Finland’s capital Helsinki in the first part of April 2017.

The championships were conducted for the third time in Tali Bowling Centre, which previously have housed the EYC also in 1994 and in 2008.

52 girls and 94 boys took part in the championships in Helsinki, representing 28 different member federations in Europe.

The 10 titles of the championships were widely spread among not less than 8 different member federations.

The titles in the Girls Division were distributed as follows:
Denmark won the Singles event by Megan G. Dicay
Belgium won the Doubles Event by Jolien Thys and Shinya Haest
England won the Team Event by Lorna Scott, Isabel Allen, Natasja Ailes and Mia Bewley
Russia won the All Event by Maria Koshel
Netherlands won the Masters Event by Denise Blankenzee

The conclusion of the Girls Team event became spectacular, since the team from England tied with the team from Finland in the final match 750-750. Hereafter all 4 athletes in each team had to shoot one time to break the tie, which ended in another tie of 38-38 (10+10+10+8 for England and 9+10+9+10 for Finland), after which England finally could be declared the winner after a second tie round 38-34 (10+8+10+10 to England and 7+10+9+8 to Finland).

The titles in the Boys Division were distributed as follows:
Sweden won the Singles Event by Emanuel Jonsson
Ukraine won the Doubles event by Oleksandr Nechypaiev and Mykola Sielin
Sweden won the Team Event by Robin Skans, Emanuel Jonsson, William Svensson and Filip Thelander
Finland won the All Event by Niko Oksanen
Sweden won the Masters Event by William Svensson

The matches of the Masters event was, in all 5 steps, played as best of three games matches.

The outcome of the last three matches in the Girls Division became as follows:

Girls Masters, Semi Final 1
Megan G. Dicay, Denmark vs. Maria Koshel, Russia
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 200-228-204 vs. 214-215-184

Girls Masters, Semi Final 2
Denise Blankenzee, The Netherlands vs. Mathilda Tidbeck, Sweden
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 177-220-223 vs. 200-209-215

Girls Masters, Final
Denise Blankenzee, Netherlands vs. Megan G. Dicay, Denmark

Match: 2-1 / Scores: 164-246-214 vs. 166-203-205

Boys Masters, Semi Final 1
Oleksandr Nechypaiev, Ukraine vs. Joppe Belmans, Belgium
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 237-181-233 vs. 222-197-180

Boys Masters, Semi Final 2*
William Svensson, Sweden vs. Ziga Zalar, Slovenia
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 188-143-252 vs. 185-213-189

Boys Masters, Final
William Svensson, Sweden vs. Oleksandr Nechypaiev, Ukraine

Match: 2-1 / Scores: 203-273-258 vs. 222-189-193

Sweden became the best federation with 3 Gold medals and 3 bronze medals, while Finland became the second best federation with 1 Gold medal, 5 Silver medals and 2 bronze medals.

Click here to see the list of medallists in the EYC 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the EYC 2017

The 20th edition of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships was conducted in the Slovenian Capital Ljubljana on 26 March – 2 April 2017 in Klub 300 Bowling Centre.

These very nice regional championships, which are conducted annually, had attracted athletes from 13 member federations, all with a coast line of the Mediterranean See.

A very young and talented French team performed outstanding in Ljubljana, and already before the two concluding Masters Finals the French team had captured 5 out of 8 titles.

In the Women’s Division Alexandra Lopes won the All Event title, in the Men’s Division Valentin Saulnier won both the Singles title and the All Event title; and also both mixed titles went to France, first by Alexandra Lopes and Valentin Saulnier in Mixed Doubles and later by Amelie Keloganian, Alexandra Lopes, Gaetan Mouveroux and Valentin Saulnier in Mixed Team.

Malta won the Women’s Singles title by Sue Abela and the Women’s Double by Sue Abela and Sara Xuereb, while the host nation Slovenia won the Men’s Doubles by Anže Grabrijan and Aleksander Koštric.

The following six matches, all bowled over two games total pin fall to count, concluded the championships in Ljubljana.

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 1:
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62 (177+185): Giola Pastou, Cyprus:
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05 (224+182): Sue Abela, Malta

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 2:
425 (204+221): Alexandra Lopes, France
338 (156+182): Victoria Krivolutskaya, Slovenia

Women’s Masters, Final:
375 (181+194): Sue Abela, Malta
421 (212+209): Alexandra Lopes, France

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 1:
366 (200+146): Valentin Saulnier, France
379 (191+188): Marco Reviglio, Italy

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 2:
403 (235+168): Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia
342 (175+167): Mark Spiteri, Malta

Men’s Masters, Final:
441 (205+236): Marco Reviglio, Italy
481 (244+237): Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia

France became the best federation with 6 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze, Slovenia became the second best nation with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze, and Malta became the third best nation with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze.

The Slovenian host federation, chaired by its President Borut Knavs, the local Organizing Committee, chaired by the Musar family supported by several local officials, and the MBC Committee with Marios Nicolaides (Chair), Alex Tzounis and Rick Vogelsang, did a tremendous job, providing all with a smoothly running event, which were conducted in a very hospitable and friendly atmosphere.

Click here to see the list of medallists in the MBC 2017

Click here to see a completed list of results for the MBC 2017

The 10th edition of the EBT Masters, the EBT Masters 2017, will be conducted in Lovvang Bowling Centre in Aalborg, Denmark on 29 May 2017; immediately following the conclusion of Kegel Aalborg International, which will be conducted on 23-28 May 2017 in the same centre.

The 12 highest ranked women and the 12 highest ranked men, by the conclusion of the European Bowling Tour 2016, are qualified for participation in the EBT Masters 2017.

Three athletes have excused their participation in the women’s division, namely Sin Li Jane from Malaysia, Danielle McEwan from USA and Diana Zavjalova from Latvia, while Dominic Barrett have excused as the only male athlete. They were all four replaced by the next positioned athletes in the ranking standings.

The 12 athletes, competing in the women’s division, are as follows:
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osition 1:   Laura Beuthner, Germany
Position 2:   Jenny Wegner, Sweden
Position 3:   Ida Andersson, Sweden
Position 5:   Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden
Position 6:   Maxime de Rooij, Germany
Position 8:   Britt Bröndsted, Denmark
Position 9:   Mika Guldbäk, Denmark
Position 11: Vanessa Timter, Germany
Position 12: Martina Schütz, Germany
Position 13: Bernice Lim, Singapore
Position 14: Birgit Pöppler, Germany
Position 15: Jasmine Yeong Nathan, Singapore

The 12 athletes, competing in the men’s division, are as follows:
Position 1:   Richard Teece, England
Position 2:   Jesper Svensson, Sweden
Position 3:   Osku Palermaa, Finland
Position 4:   Martin Larsen, Sweden
Position 6:   Pontus Andersson, Sweden
Position 7:   Daniel Fransson, Sweden
Position 8:   Thomas Larsen, Denmark
Position 9:   Paul Moor, England
Position 10: Mik Stampe, Denmark
Position 11: Parker Bohn III, USA
Position 12: Markus Jansson, Sweden
Position 15: Christopher Sloan, Ireland

A record number of not less than 1.197 entries were played in the 14th issue of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, which again this year was conducted in the well-known Dream-Bowl Palace, situated in German Unterföhring, a suburb to the Bavarian Capital Munich.

The record of 1.197 entries, which were played by 380 athletes from all over the World, replaced the old record of 1.056 bowled entries from Brunswick Ballmaster Open in 2010.

The format of the final day included a step 1 with 52 athletes, bowling 6 games from scratch, continuing with step 2 consisting of 28 athletes, including top 16 from step 1 and top 12 from the qualification, bowling another 6 games starting from scratch.

From step 2, 8 athletes continued into a 7 games round robin with the pin fall from step 2 carried forward.

The standing after step 3, including scores from 13 games and bonus points, were as follows:
1. Dominic Barrett, England: 3221
2.
Larp-Apharat Yannaphon, Thailand: 3218
3. Stuart Williams, England: 3138
4. Anders Lousdal, Denmark: 3065
5.
Sean Rash, USA: 3059
6.
Birgit Pöppler, Germany: 3019
7.
Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark: 2950
8.
Martin Larsen, Sweden: 2900

Finally top 3 concluded the tournaments with two stepladder matches as follows:
Match 1: Larp-Apharat Yannaphon vs. Stuart Williams: 204 vs. 204 (ties X vs. 9)
Match 2: Dominic Barrett vs. Larp-Apharat Yannaphon: 237 vs. 221

Top 4 of the women’s tour division is an all Singaporean affair, where Daphne Tan is leading with 450 points, followed by Cherie Tan with 300 points, Jazreel Tan with 300 points and Shayna Ng with 270 points.

In the Men’s Division of the tour, Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark is leading with 370 points in front of Martin Larsen from Sweden with 315 points and Dominic Barrett from England with 250 points.

Birgit Pöppler became the highest ranked women for the 7th time in her career, while Dominic Barrett became the highest ranked man for the 15th time in his career. It was at the same time the 13th EBT Title for Dominic Barrett.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

As a consequence of the situation in Turkey, changed travel advices from various national authorities and reactions from a number of member federations, the ETBF Presidium has, in understanding with the organizer in Turkey, decided to move the European Champions Cup 2017 and the ETBF Congress from Ankara to Vienna in Austria.

The championships will be held on its original scheduled period 23-29 October in the well-known Plus Bowling in Vienna. The ETBF Presidium will meet on 20-21 October and the ETBF Congress on 22 October.

The ETBF Presidium wants to express appreciation to the organizers in Austria for their willingness to step in with a very short notice.

The ETBF Presidium has, at a meeting held in Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich on 23 and 24 March 2017, selected hosts for the following three championships.

European Youth Championships 2019
The championships will be held in Riga, Latvia on 13-22 April 2019. The championships will be hosted by the Latvian Bowling Federation in the Pepsi Centrs.

European Women Championships 2020
The championships will be held in Aalborg, Denmark on 3-14 June 2020. The championships will be hosted by and in Lovvang Bowling Centre.

European Men Championships 2020
The championships will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 12-23 August 2020. The championships will be hosted by the Finnish Bowling Federation in Tali Bowl.

After a season with too many cancellations, ETBF is very pleased to announce, that a new tournament in Sweden, named the Lucky Larsen Masters, will be included in the EBT 2017.

The tournament keeps a prize pool of not less than 912.000 SEK, equivalent to approximately 96.200 €. The tournament is also adopted in the World Bowling Tour 2017.

The tournament will be conducted on 13-27 August 2017 in Malmoe, which is the third largest city in Sweden and well connected by a big bridge to Denmark and downtown trains directly from the Airport in Copenhagen.

The tournament will be included in the EBT 2017 as stop 08. The status of the tournament will be EBT Gold; a status ensuring the ranked athletes to be awarded points with the regular ranking scale times four.

The contact person of the tournament is Daniel Rönnbäck, who is reachable at the email address daniel@wbtsweden.se.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

The Organizer of Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick, the Norwegian Bowling Federation, has decided to upgrade the tour category of the tournament from Satellite to Bronze. This means that athletes will be awarded double as many ranking points for the EBT Rankings.

The prize pool of the tournament is increased from 239.000 NOK to 275.000 NOK, an amount equivalent to about 31.000 €.

The Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick, which unchanged will be conducted on 6-15 October 2017 in Veitvet Bowling Centre in Oslo, is concluding the European Bowling Tour 2017.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.